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Workers threaten strike
FIGHT over family-friendly rosters in gas sector.
Wednesday 26 August 2015  

ONE thousand construction workers on Chevron’s Gorgon LNG project on Barrow Island off Western Australia have voted to go on strike if their demands for more family-friendly rosters are not met.

The industrial action is a fascinating counterpoint to the roster changes and reduced hours that are slashing mining lifestyles on this side of the continent.

The workers are employed by lead contractor Chicago Bridge & Iron, and they want to change their rosters from the current 26 days on with nine days off, to 20 days on and 10 days off.

The AMWU says the roster changes were recommended by a recent state parliamentary committee enquiry into the mental health of fly-in fly-out workers.

AMWU's Steve McCartney said the workers would accept a pay cut of about $8,000 each to make the change happen, effectively buying more time with their families.

"If the company wants to talk, we want to listen to try and make sure we can get the rosters we can," he said.

"If not, the guys will start taking rolling action; they can withdraw their labour for 24 hours, they can withdraw their labour for one hour or they can refuse to do paperwork for the day."

Western Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive, Deidre Willmott, has told media the unions' demands should have been matched with productivity improvements.

"Many ordinary Australians would be envious of the high wages and generous working conditions these workers enjoyed before this strike action was pushed through," she said.

"As the majority of the resources industry is cutting costs in response to market conditions, people must be shaking their heads at this destructive and self-defeating industrial action."

Ninety-four per cent of workers supported the strike action in the Fair Work Australia secret ballot.

The Gorgon project on Barrow Island is 90 per cent complete, but is already well behind schedule and about US$17bn over its original budget. Chevron has previously blamed poor labour productivity for the cost blowouts and delays at Gorgon.


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